Recently, we were invited to speak on a panel at the Executive War College on Diagnostics, Clinical Laboratory and Pathology Management. We spoke about the federal information blocking rules, and highlighted how some actors are still engaging in conduct that the rules were intended to discourage, in part due to the lack of enforcement rules.Continue Reading Laboratory and Pathology Information Blocking Concerns
Blockchain technology is finding its way into every industry. Healthcare is no exception. According to a recent report by Deloitte, “blockchain technology has the potential to transform health care, placing the patient at the center of the health care ecosystem and increasing the security, privacy, and interoperability of health data.” Some of the proposed applications include truly patient-centric health records, provider licensure and credentialing, supply chain management in conjunction with predictive analytics and more accurate tracking capabilities, among many others. A recent whitepaper addresses “Innovative Blockchain Uses in Health Care” and an overview of blockchain technology. Just recently, Humana, MultiPlan, Optum, Quest Diagnostics and UnitedHealthcare announced a pilot program that will apply blockchain technology to improve data quality and reduce administrative costs around provider data management.
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With the advent of an increasing aging population, physicians and other healthcare providers are seeking alternative approaches in offering patients access to quality health care. Among the innovations in healthcare delivery is the practice of shared medical appointments, where one or more healthcare providers (e.g. physicians and nurses) will see a group of eight to 15 patients with similar medical conditions at the same time.
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